SHAH ALAM: Singapore Airshow 2016 was launched yesterday amid growing doubts over the aerospace industry as the world braced for an economic slowdown. The clouds hanging over the show did not persist even as the crowd favourite – the aerial displays – did their best to liven up the rather subdued Changi Exhibition Centre.
I might be accused of being nationalistic but the performance of the RMAF Sukhoi Su-30MKM was the most outstanding in displays which ranged from AH-64 Apache, F-15SG Strike Eagle, F-16s, the Rafale and the FA-50s. The latter are from the Black Eagles Display Team from the Republic of Korean Air Force.
It must be said that the MKM display at the show was what we had expected from the 11th Squadron – masterful and polished – since the jet first debuted at LIMA-series of exhibition in 2007. I know the pictures below do not justice to the display by the Sukhoi. If you crave for more just do a Google search.
Apart from the Sukhoi which is only taking part in the aerial display, RMAF is also represented in the static show by M54-02, the second Airbus A400M air-lifter.
Inside the exhibition centre, several Malaysian companies are taking part via the participation of MATRADE, the national promotion agency for trade. As expected Singapore Technologies was the biggest exhibitor at the show befitting its status as the island republic sole state=owned engineering and defence technology company.
From guns to UAVs, ST showcased what its possible with a little more grey power backed with plenty of money in the bank.
Anyhow pounding the centre, I found out somethings involving Malaysian upgrade programmes which was surprising to say the least. Who knows how many stories on Malaysia would I got if I stayed more than one day in Singapore? Oh well.
Terma officials at the show confirmed that the navigation radars selected for the Lekiu-class frigates – KD Lekiu and KD Jebat – and MPCSS – KD Mahawangsa and KD Inderasakti – is the Terma Scanter 6000 series. For more on that story read here.
At the CMC- Esterline booth, officials there remained hopeful that a contract to provide C-130 cockpit upgrades for the RMAF will be signed at the upcoming DSA 2016 show in Kuala Lumpur. The LOA for the Hercules upgrade with Airod Sdn Bhd was signed at DSA 2014. The project have yet to start however as negotiations are still being carried out.
The other update programmes will be posted soon, I promise.
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